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Stossel alert!

Posted by Lissa on October 17, 2008

I’ve mentioned before that I love John Stossel.  His books (especially this one) are entertaining, funny, and dead-on true.  He’s also a classical liberal/libertarian, and defends that viewpoint clearly and concisely:

Most of life works by spontaneous order. It characterizes how we choose our jobs, hobbies, associates, recreation, etc. When politicians try to regulate the process, they usually make life worse.

I try to demonstrate that in my upcoming ABC TV special, “John Stossel’s Politically Incorrect Guide to Politics.” I centrally planned a skating rink, and stood in the center of the ice and shouted through a bullhorn: “Slow down! Turn right. No backwards skating!” It didn’t work. People hated it. Some fell, just as predicted by George Mason University professor Daniel Klein, who came up with the idea.

Had I been directing an economy, politicians would say that I failed because I’m not smart enough. They’d demand that we elect an expert. So I gave the bullhorn to Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano. He did no better. Even a genius, or an angel, will lack knowledge of the individual skater’s situation. It changes moment by moment. Mr. Boitano and I had no clue who was off-balance, who wanted to speed up, who needed a bathroom break. The skaters each perceived the situation as it happened, and followed their own principles of motion.

RTWT.  Mike, Tivo that program please!

Oh, and Happy Friday everyone!

(P.S.  “What would Brian Boitano do, if he were here right now?  He’d make a plan and he’d follow through, that’s what Brian Boitano’d do!”)

(h/t Hot Air)


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